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There is a common saying that states ‘Hindsight is always 20/20’. We can usually look back at a pivotal moment and realize that it represented an instant when things started to go wrong. In the case of our homes – which are almost inevitably our largest investment, perhaps we should pay attention to the creaks and groans in the walls, to the gurgles of a plumbing system or the low buzzing sound coming from electrical outlets. However, there is one part of the home that does not require a guess that repairs might be in order, the roof. We can clearly see damage and the necessity for repairs. Identifying problem areas on the roof is fiscally responsible – the cost of replacement is significantly higher than repair – and all it takes to identify problems is a knowledge of the warning signs that it might be time to bring in the professionals.
So what are the telltale signs that a roof might be in need of repairs?
If your home has a shingle roof keep an eye out for any shingles that might be discolored. Dark shingles and shingles that might appear dirty or damp are signs that those shingles are trapping moisture – and that problem can spread quickly to affect larger areas of the roof. These shingles need to be replaced as a matter of urgency.
The fact that shingles are reaching the end of their lifespan can become apparent when one inspects the gutters (which should take place on a regular basis). As shingles age they lose the granules which contribute to weatherproofing. These granules then make their way to the gutters of the house and appear as a black, coarse, sand-like deposit. The appearance of these granules means that large numbers of asphalt shingles may have to be replaced.
Another sign that the roof may need repair appears in the interior of the home. Homeowners need to keep an eye out for stained walls and ceilings. Discoloration may mean that the roof is allowing moisture to seep into the home. A professional roofer like Kantuta Corp in Broward County should be called in. It is important to remember that discoloration in a certain room does not necessarily mean that the leak is immediately above. Water can run along the internal structures of the home – the damage may be far removed from the room that is affected – another reason that a professional should be consulted, they have the experience to identify the real problem area.
After a rainstorm, once the sky hs cleared, take a trip up to your attic. You will be able to clearly see if your roof needs repair. There are two telltale signs. The first is standing water in the attic. This may be a result of deteriorating flashing – a problem that is especially prevalent in older homes where cement flashing has deteriorated (this should be replaced by modern metal flashing). Secondly, while you are in the attic, glance upwards, if you can see light entering through the roof – don’t delay, get a professional roofer in.
Paying attention to the details can save the homeowner significant amounts of money. Replacing a roof is both pricey and tremendously disruptive to the day-to-day lives of those in the home. Early detection of problems means that repair is usually an option.